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John Coltrane’s take on “Nature Boy”, another pop and jazz standard. It was written by Eden Ahbez and published in 1947. The song tells the story of a “strange, enchanted boy” who wandered to many places only to find that “the greatest thing of all….was to loved and be loved in return”. The song has a haunting quality, even without the slightly eerie lyrics.

The song was also used in many films, one of them being Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman’s “Moulin Rouge”, pretty entertaining film even though it is kind of the typical sappy love story. Kidman garnered an academy nomination for her role as Satine.

Likewise the song was performed by many notable people, one of whom made the song a hit, this person is none other than Nat King Cole (is it finally dawning on you how much I love the man and his incredible voice yet? Seeing as to how he pops up so often in my posts should give you a hint, he will definitely be one of the artists I am covering so stay tuned!).

We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

My tutor and friend of many years gave me Coelho’s The Alchemist as a high school graduating gift. I think you all know the book itself is beautifully written, but the message carried inside this seemingly thin and insignificant text is much more precious.

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